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Record Number: 4561


Reading Experience:

Evidence:

'No national commentator sympathised with working-class culture so well as Wilfred Pickles, BBC newsreader and stonemason's son. But even he admitted that the hours he spent in the public library, reading Shelley, Keats, Shaw and Galsworthy, represented a desperate breakout from the stultifying provincialism of his native Halifax.'

Century:

1900-1945

Date:

unknown

Country:

England

Time

n/a

Place:

city: Halifax
other location: public library

Type of Experience
(Reader):
 

silent aloud unknown
solitary in company unknown
single serial unknown

Type of Experience
(Listener):
 

solitary in company unknown
single serial unknown


Reader / Listener / Reading Group:

Reader:

Wilfred Pickles

Age:

Child (0-17)

Gender:

Male

Date of Birth:

13 Oct 1904

Socio-Economic Group:

Clerk / tradesman / artisan / smallholder

Occupation:

stonemason's son; later newsreader

Religion:

n/a

Country of Origin:

England

Country of Experience:

England

Listeners present if any:
e.g family, servants, friends

n/a


Additional Comments:

n/a



Text Being Read:

Author:

George Bernard Shaw

Title:

[unknown]

Genre:

Fiction, Drama, Essays / Criticism

Form of Text:

Print: Book

Publication Details

n/a

Provenance

read in situ
in public library


Source Information:

Record ID:

4561

Source:

Print

Author:

Jonathan Rose

Editor:

n/a

Title:

The Intellectual Life of the British Working Classes

Place of Publication:

New Haven

Date of Publication:

2001

Vol:

n/a

Page:

344

Additional Comments:

n/a

Citation:

Jonathan Rose, The Intellectual Life of the British Working Classes (New Haven, 2001), p. 344, http://can-red-lec.library.dal.ca/Arts/RED/record_details.php?id=4561, accessed: 01 July 2022


Additional Comments:

See Wilfred Pickles, 'Between You and Me' (London, 1949) pp. 29-30

   
   
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